“ I’ve often thought it’s very icon that I’m able to do all this and yet what am I on? I’m on networks, I’m distributed by studios, that are owned by large corporate entities. Now why would they put me out there when I am opposed to everything that they stand for and I spend my time on their dime opposing what they believe in, OK? Well it’s because they don’t believe in anything. They put me on there because they know that there’s millions of people that want to see my film or watch the TV show and so they’re going to make money and I have been able to get my stuff out there because I’m driving my truck through this incredible flaw in capitalism, the greed flaw, the thing that says the rich man will sell you the rope to hang himself if he thinks he can make a buck of it. Well, I’m the rope, I hope—I’m part of the rope. And they also believe that when people watch my stuff or maybe watch this film or, you know, whatever, they think that you know, well, you know what, they’ll watch this and they won’t do anything, you know, because we’ve done such a good job of numbing their minds and dumbing them down. You know, they’ll never affect—people aren’t gonna leave the couch and go and do something political. They’re convinced of that. I’m convinced of the opposite. I’m convinced that a few people are gonna leave this movie theater or get up off the couch and go and do something, anything, to get this world back in our hands. ”
I abhor the death penalty. It is the ultimate act of evil. Not simply because it is the premeditated taking of a human life, but because it is an act of the State, a cold and calculated, sanctioned act done in your name and mine. It reduces all of us to the gutter level of the low-life scum who commit murder for revenge, greed, or fun. Actually, we’re worse. Because we, and our elected government, are supposed to be acting with a sense of moral purpose, to seek solutions to conflicts with a rational head, to be an example to our children and the rest of the world that there is a higher purpose to our lives.
Instead, because we detest killing, we kill. Because we think it is wrong to take another’s life, we take another’s life. We are clueless to the fact that we are the laughing stock of the rest of the civilized world (over 110 countries have outlawed the death penalty since we brought it back 20+ years ago). Yes, we have a right — a duty — to protect ourselves from those who would do us harm. That’s called locking them up, and in some cases, throwing away the key. If it’s punishment we are seeking, then, in addition to life sentences, have them perform functions in prison that benefit the society.”